Preview Party

Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party

Must be 21 or over to attend.

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Tickets for this event tend to sell out before the event. Don't wait to get yours. Only a certain number of tickets will be sold, and once sold out, no tickets will be sold at the door.
One of the premier parties of the holiday season in New Orleans, this dazzling soiree kicks off the annual lights display. Guests get the first glimpse of the lights and are given exclusive access to the Botanical Garden and Train Route.
Naturally, because this is New Orleans, food, music and adult beverages are available in abundance. Four live music stages feature the best local musicians, and guest are treated to a tantalizing array of foods from 50 local restaurants and caterers.

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Hours: 7:30 pm – 11pm


$100 per person in advance; $120/person day of event
Friends of City Park members: $90/person
 in advance


2 bands! Dat Band and the Brass Hatters

Please note:
-Holiday cocktail attire required (no jeans) You will be turned away at the door if you arrive not in at least cocktail attire.
-All sales are final – no refunds or rain checks are given. 
-All spirits provided by Republic National Distributing Company.

The Third Annual Culinary Competition at the Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party 2017:

In an effort to present our guests with the best food our city has to offer, this year's Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party, held Friday, November 17th, will hold the second annual Culinary Competition among all participating restaurants.

Food donors will be asked to serve stand-out dishes, with guest judges tasting all dishes and voting on a variety of categories, such as best holiday dish, most original dish, best table display and most festive server uniforms.

Last year's competition was a huge success, and food vendors are getting excited to present delicious dishes again this year!

Grace Birtch, Poppy Tooker, Joelle Solomon

Judges will get to work 30 minutes prior to the event start time (7pm) and taste small samples of each restaurant's dish. Once all tastings have been completed, judges will vote on each category. Winners will be announced and presented with awards in the middle of the party.

Please let us know if your restaurant would like to be a donor for the Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party and therefore be entered into the Culinary Competition. Please email Julie at and place "restaurant" in the subject line of the email.

2016 Culinary Competition Winners:
Best Holiday Dish: The Columns
Most Original Dish: Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Best Table Display: Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar
Best Cocktail:Sazerac
Most Festive Server Uniform: Lagniappe Luncheonette & Catering

There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and other unforeseen conditions for this fundraiser. Should the event need to be canceled for any reason, please visit for information. Please keep in mind our events are fundraisers. When possible the event will be rescheduled for the following night. Should that not be possible, no refunds will be given, and we invite ticket holders to consider their ticket as a donation to the Park.


Party Map

    Preview Party Sponsors

    Restaurants at CITO

    Lots of yummy food


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Four concrete lions, some of the most recognizable residents of City Park, stand guard on the Peristyle where the stairs lead to the edge of Bayou Metairie.